Stadia, Google's Cloud Gaming Platform, Will Have Cross-Platform Support

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During Google's GDC 2019 keynote presentation, the company's vice president and general manager Phil Harrison announced Stadia, a cloud-based streaming service that allows you to play games across most of your devices. At the end of his portion of the keynote, Harrison also mentioned that most games on Stadia would feature cross-platform support, which could come in multiple forms.

Cross-platform play specifically has been confirmed, allowing you to play with your friends regardless of whether you're gaming on console, PC, tablet, or mobile device. Whether games will allow play between Stadia versions and those on other dedicated gaming platforms like PS4, Xbox One, and PC remains to be seen (and will likely vary by game), games running on Stadia should work regardless of what hardware you and other players are using.

Harrison also said that Stadia would support cloud saves for game state and save files, so specific titles will also have cross-platform progression. Again, it's unclear if progression will be shared between Stadia and non-Stadia versions of games, but if you're playing a Stadia game on multiple devices, your progress will move with you. So, if you were to play a multiplayer-focused game on your PC through Stadia, navigating over to your phone would bring all your unlocked items with you.

Google Cloud Gaming Stadia Platform Will Have Cross-Platform Support

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During Google's GDC 2019 keynote presentation, the company's vice president and general manager Phil Harrison announced Stadia, a cloud-based streaming service that allows you to play games across most of your devices. At the end of his portion of the keynote, Harrison also mentioned that most games on Stadia would feature cross-platform support.

Cross-platform play has been confirmed as a part of this feature, allowing you to play with your friends regardless of whether you're gaming on console, PC, tablet, or mobile device. Harrison also said that Stadia would support cloud saves for game state and save files, so specific titles will also have cross-platform progression. So, if you were to play a multiplayer-focused game on your PC, navigating over to your phone would bring all your unlocked items with you.

Google plans to use Stadia to bring together all aspects of gaming--whether you want to play, spectate, or develop--on to one platform. During the GDC keynote, for example, the company showcased how someone watching a trailer for Assassin's Creed Odyssey on Ubisoft's YouTube channel can click a link at the end of the video which allows them to begin playing the game through streaming in just a few seconds.

Game Of Thrones Season 8: Every Main Character Who Is Still Alive On The Show

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Game Of Thrones Season 8: Every Main Character Who Is Still Alive On The Show

Scores of characters. Six episodes.

Finally, after years of waiting (decades for book fans), we'll get to see how Game of Thrones ends. Season 8 premieres on HBO on April 14, with the first of six new episodes. From the fight against the White Walkers to the war for the Iron Throne to the largest battle sequence ever filmed, there's a whole lot of ground to cover in a relatively short amount of time.

Over the course of this show, we've gotten to know, empathize with, and despise numerous characters. Many of them are dead, but some, through a combination of shrewdness, politicking, and good luck, have made it to the end of the series with their bodies (if not their souls) intact.

Here's a refresher guide to all the major Game of Thrones characters who are still alive at the start of Season 8, and what they were doing the last time we saw them in action.

Finally, after years of waiting (decades for book fans), we'll get to see how Game of Thrones ends. Season 8 premieres on HBO on April 14, with the first of six new episodes. From the fight against the White Walkers to the war for the Iron Throne to the largest battle sequence ever filmed, there's a whole lot of ground to cover in a relatively short amount of time.

GDC: Google Stadia Release Date Window Set For This Year

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Google has revealed a vague release window for its new Stadia platform. The service will launch later this year, coming first to the US, UK, Canada, and "most of Europe," with a worldwide release coming at some point after that.

Pricing was not revealed for the new platform; while you won't need specific hardware, you will presumably need to buy access to games or some kind of subscription service, but Google didn't share any information regarding this aspect of the service. However, we did get lots of other details besides that, including the basics of what Stadia is: Google's vision for a new kind of gaming service powered by the cloud. You'll be able to play games, even high-end ones like Assassin's Creed Odyssey or Doom Eternal, on most any internet-connected device.

As well as offering cloud streaming of games to phones, laptops, PCs, and TVs, it will also launch with its own controller. In addition, the company has founded a first-party development house to make games exclusively for Stadia.

Google Stadia Release Window Announced

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Google has revealed a vague release window for its new Stadia platform. The service will launch later this year, coming first to the US, UK, Canada, and "most of Europe," with a worldwide release coming at some point after that.

Pricing was not revealed for the new platform, but we did get lots more details besides that. Google shared its vision for a new kind of gaming service powered by the cloud.

As well as offering cloud streaming of games to phones, laptops, PCs, and TVs, it will also launch with its own controller.

Google Stadia Video Game Controller Revealed At GDC 2019

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Google Stadia Video Game Controller Revealed At GDC 2019

At the Game Developers Conference, Google unveiled its vision for the future of video games: a cloud streaming service called Stadia, which gives instant access to play games across Chromebooks, smartphones, tablets, and TVs. In other words, it's a platform that is accessible through devices you may already own, and it will will be compatible with keyboards and other input devices you might have, too. However, Google will also release its own proprietary Stadia controller, and now we know what it looks like and how it works.

The Stadia controller was shown off at GDC in three different color schemes. It connects to Google's servers through Wi-Fi, and it identifies what screen you want to play on. In addition to the standard array of inputs, it also features two unique buttons: one allows you to capture gameplay and share and save it to YouTube, while the other is a Google Assistant button, which accesses the controller's built-in microphone to get gameplay advice from an assistant. And in a fun reference, the back of the controller is home to the Konami Code.

Here's Google's Stadia Video Game Controller

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Here's Google's Stadia Video Game Controller

At the Game Developers Conference, Google unveiled its vision for the future of video games: a cloud streaming service called Stadia that gives instant access to play games across Chromebooks, smartphones, tablets, and TVs. While it will be compatible with keyboards and other input devices, Google will also release its own proprietary Stadia controller, and now we know how it looks.

The Stadia controller was shown off in three different color schemes. It connects to Google's servers through Wi-Fi, and it identifies what screen you want to play on. You can take a look at the controller below.

The streaming tech appears similar to a test than ran last year, when Google partnered with Ubisoft for Project Stream. That service allowed testers to try Assassin's Creed Odyssey for free through a Chrome browser. The company also hired Jade Raymond, best known for her work at Ubisoft and EA.

Apex Legends Season 1 Battle Pass Is Now Live

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Season 1 of Apex Legends has begun. The game's Wild Frontier Battle Pass is now available to purchase on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, bringing a new assortment of skins, stat trackers, and other exclusive rewards to unlock in Respawn's popular battle royale game.

Much like Fortnite's own seasonal Battle Pass, the Wild Frontier Battle Pass costs 950 Apex Coins, which roughly equates to $10 / £8. If you're eager to get a head start, EA is also offering a Battle Pass bundle for 2,800 Apex Coins that will instantly unlock the first 25 tiers, giving you immediate access to those rewards.

Apex Coins are Legends' premium currency. They can typically only be purchased with real money, although there are a few other ways to get your hands on some for free. You'll receive 1,000 Apex Coins by signing up for EA/Origin Access, which effectively amounts to a 50% discount if you spring for a one-month subscription. You'll also be able to earn up to 1,000 Apex Coins by leveling up the Battle Pass.